Alcides Fonseca

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LiquidHaskell on the M1

Getting a M1 Max MacBook Pro, I had to figure out how to install all the software I had on my old Intel Mac. One of the most challenging was LiquidHaskell. Here are the instructions for others to save some time.

Install z3

LiquidHaskell requires an SMT solver to handle constraint-solving. Z3 is my go to solver.

brew install z3
z3 --version
# Z3 version 4.8.14 - 64 bit

Install LLVM 12

Because of this bug in homebrew’s LLVM 13 that solves other problems, we need LLVM 12.

brew install llvm@12

Install latest version of stack.

The stable version of stack will not install GHC on OSX arm installations. To overcome that, we need to install the latest version.

brew install --HEAD stack

Setup a Demo Repository

I recommend using this scaffold project to get LiquidHaskell running on the command line and VS Code. It might work on other editors, but I have not tested them.

git clone
cd lh-plugin-demo
stack build
stack ghci

This last line should open ghci, doing all the liquid type verifications necessary. You should see two green lines with 1 and 3 constraints checked, respectively.

You can do the exercise of editing src/Demo/ and changing x + 1 to x - 1 and running the command again. You should now see an error.

VSCode Configuration

Now that we have error reporting on the command-line, we can move to the more convenient code editor. In my case that means VSCode1.

The first step is to uninstall all Haskell plugins. Just trust me on this, they are all pretty much incompatible with each other, except when they aren’t. Now you need to install Simple GHC (Haskell) Integration. On the CLI:

brew install visual-studio-code
code --install-extension dramforever.vscode-ghc-simple

However, this will not work for a M1-unrelated reason: LiquidHaskell and Haddock are not compatible (unfortunately). So the first step is to disable it.

Go to Settings > Extensions > GHC Simple config > Ghc Simple > Startup Commands and remove :set -haddock.

Cmd+shit+P and select GHC: Restart GHCi Sessions if it doesn’t restart on its own.

And now you should have localized errors in your Haskell files.

1Textmate’s support for Haskell is pretty minimal. Stack and Cabal support is completely missing.